The Clemson Tigers could find no answer for the offensive diversity and defensive intensity of the #4 Virginia Cavaliers, as UVA defeated Clemson, 63-43, Saturday at Littlejohn Coliseum.
Clemson had hoped the energy of the football team’s Championship Parade and Celebration would permeate the arena, but for the second time in three years, Virginia spoiled the mood on “Celebration Saturday”.
Kyle Guy’s 13 first-half points led a Virginia charge that led by as many as 23 in the second half, and forced Clemson into ill-advised shots on the defensive end. De’Andre Hunter added 12 points to contribute to the Virginia attack.
The Tigers shot woefully from beyond the arc, making just one of its first 16 three-point attempts, and shot just 26 percent overall. Marcquise Reed provided the lone offensive spark for the Tigers, scoring 14 points, but more than half of those coming at the free-throw line.
Tigers’ Head Coach Brad Brownell liked the effort from his team, but said they just haven’t played well enough to win to start conference play:
Clemson Head Coach Brad Brownell
Clemson (10-6, 0-3 ACC) looks for its first conference win at home on Wednesday, when the Tigers host the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at 9 PM.